Jump up, jump up and get out
9th February 2010
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Well winter is on it's way out, and if you're not a die-hard outdoorsy type, you might be thinking about climbing out of your box in the airing cupboard and coming out of hibernation soon. If most of us are honest, our levels of daily activity tend to drop during the winter months, in favour of high-carb comfort food and a night in front of the television.

This might be because it's so much harder to get motivated when its cold - I for one hate going swimming during the winter - or because there's not enough daylight hours. Let's face it, at the end of a working day its not easy to pop out on your bike or go for a run when its dark, icy and -3 outside. Not least being a little risky depending on where you live, outdoors exercise in the winter is hard to maintain for most of us unless you're working towards a target.

So what are your options? Well, there's the gym obviously, if you like - or can even afford - that kind of thing. I don't happen to enjoy fluorescent lighting and sweaty strangers, so I tend to turn into a slug between November and February, although I do try to go out walking at the weekends. Others of course might play football or rugby at the weekends, but that's not for everyone (and definitely not me!).

So I'd like to direct you to Active Canterbury, a great little website that might spark an interest as spring is springing, to get out there and do stuff outdoors. Pages did seem to take an inordinate time to load however, so unless this is a particular quirk to me, you'll have to bear with it. It's worth it though, as there's a good selection of walking and cycling maps around Canterbury, Herne Bay, Whitstable and surrounding areas. There's also info on parks and open spaces, and upcoming events and what's on in your area, especially this coming half term.

As I look outside now, it's clouded over again and I've just heard a news report that icy winds are on their way - darn it, I was all revved up until then!


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Ben Jackson is a freelance writer and photographer with The Little White Studio.

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